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Devin Townsend Project

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Devin Townsend Project began where Ziltoid the Omniscient left off, with Devin Townsend at the helm. The project was a planned four-album series, where instead of assembling one static band, like in The Devin Townsend Band, or performing the entirety of the music himself, as in Ziltoid the Omniscient, the Devin Townsend Project would feature a completely different line-up of musicians for each release. After the success of the first four albums, Devin Townsend decided to continue working under the Devin Townsend Project moniker, releasing his fifth album for the DTP, Epicloud in September of 2012.

The latest release, (short for Ziltoid 2; pronounced “Zed squared”) is a double album released on October 27, 2014. It consists of two albums released together: a Devin Townsend Project album, Sky Blue, and a “Ziltoid” concept album, Dark Matters, a sequel to Townsend’s 2007 solo album Ziltoid the Omniscient. The main theme of the double album is, according to Townsend, “Ziltoid against the world”.

The first album, Ki, was released in May 2009. For Ki, Townsend recruited veteran jazz drummer Duris Maxwell, local bassist Jean Savoie, and the former keyboardist for The Devin Townsend Band, Dave Young. Devin has also recruited Ché Dorval as an additional vocalist.

The second release was titled Addicted. Intended to be a heavy, simplistic, and straightforward rock album, it serves as the bridge from the quieter Ki to the expected zany metal tones of the album following it.

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  • TheSuiciderr

    Devin Townsend Project is the best damn thing he has ever created.

    11 hours ago Reply
  • ShortSonata

    sodeviniswritingasymphonyhowcoolsithat

    26 Mar 4:18pm Reply
  • Snowtrace

    Uh, anybody else enjoying very much the new Enslaved? I am. Proggy extremy goodness.

    25 Mar 3:51am Reply
  • H3llrider

    We shall see what kind of state of mind he has when comes back from his upcoming break. I also hope that he would do more ambient stuff in the future.

    20 Mar 4:40pm Reply
  • Izhorian

    "Devlab and The Hummer are sadly overlooked by a lot of people it seems." Finally someone sees the beauty of those!

    17 Mar 9:15pm Reply
  • faylander_

    One of the best moments to listen live "ih ah" yesterday. You are a fuckin artist Devin

    17 Mar 8:13pm Reply
  • dravenxx6

    But Sky Blue is still in the top 3 best Devy albums for me.

    15 Mar 12:56am Reply
  • dravenxx6

    I still love everything Devy has done since he has started.....but I really want more Ambient albums or even noise albums. Devlab and The Hummer are sadly overlooked by a lot of people it seems.

    15 Mar 12:56am Reply
  • Yellowxander

    DTP interview with RVP! https://youtu.be/hx49yuueWxg

    11 Mar 8:34pm Reply
  • ShortSonata

    I'm intrigued to see in which direction he goes after this big Ziltoid show, he's taking a break (finally) and whenever that has happened before, we've got some really fresh new music from him.

    7 Mar 11:46am Reply
  • JordyLicht

    @Snowtrace To me it's the other way around. I love the huge, epic, poppy metal he's making these days. I tend to call it Pet Shot Boys with heavy guitars. I do love CoC and Ghost though, I listen to those records constantly. I never really got into KI though. There's a few songs on there I really like, but some of it sounds like a jam-session in my ears. I understand the appeal of both sides of Devin though.

    6 Mar 9:14am Reply
  • Snowtrace

    I'm thinking Casualties turned out much better than both Epicloud and Z2 and hoping that he could lean towards making more stuff in the vein of Ki/Ghost/CoC. I find myself too overwhelmed by both Epicloud and Z2 most of the times, as though his latest huge/ bombastic/ loud and noisy albums don't do it for me anymore.

    5 Mar 1:20am Reply
  • lter__Impius

    I think all we enjoy is because we have a brain so we can translate to feelings everything we do in the "external word". Even if we wouldn't have ears we could experiment music EXACTLY in the same way as we do now just activating the right neural network at the right time in the right way. I may be worng but I think it's a matter of time that something like that is achieved. See this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brain_in_a_vat . Music is the tool you use to get somewhere: feeling. It's like (loosely) when you broke a leg and you use a crutch (the tool) to be able to walk. You don't need that crutch once your leg is healed, you can do the same (walking) by yourself.

    2 Mar 9:18am Reply
  • ClassyMusicSnob

    Why not take the drug and listen to music? Even if such a drug existed, I have a feeling it would extremely expensive. You also forget that music has evolved along with us. Music is as old as the first human society. We're biologically inclined towards music. Even if such a drug exists and everyone had easy access to it, music would take a few centuries to completely die out. Honestly if music died out, so would our race, as it's a huge part of all human cultures. eventually. Without culture, whats the fuckin point? To fulfill the status quo?

    28 Feb 9:34am Reply
  • ClassyMusicSnob

    I'm listening to the Infinity EP and I just found out that the Orchestral/choral melody at the end of TMM is basically a re-cording of the end of the song Processional.

    28 Feb 9:26am Reply
  • ShortSonata

    maybe possibly hypothetically could think perhaps

    25 Feb 5:11pm Reply
  • lter__Impius

    V Imagine you could take all drugs you want without developing tolerance to them and without harmful effects. Maybe in the future they "decode" how exactly we enjoy arts. Think of future drugs that could give us control of the cerebral regions that have to do with feeling the music. It could be musical orgasm after musical orgasm. That feeling wouldn't we less real and could be much more powerful and moving that anything we've ever felt while listening to music. In that hypothetical scenario, why would we want to listen to actual music?

    25 Feb 12:16pm Reply
  • ClassyMusicSnob

    @Iter_Impius, I can imagine that happening in Mainstream American art/music, because it's solely about making money and nothing else. Then in art people get away with drawing scribbles or a line and then make up some bullshit reason as to why it's art, just so they can sell it. Also if theres a "formula to write perfect, emotional music" chances are the underground will adapt and write better shit. Theres never a perfect way to do anything, no matter what technology, psychology or experience is used.

    19 Feb 10:39pm Reply
  • lter__Impius

    I don't think so, ClassyMusicSnob. In a few decades cognitive-emotive processes related to music enjoyment will be deconstructed and so anyone, literaly everyone, will be capable of writing far "better" music ─in terms of emotion elicitation─ than all things those guys, Mozart, Beethoven and company ever dreamed of writing. I think that no one will pay attention to arts in the future because it would be a waste of time.

    12 Feb 4:17pm Reply
  • pirouzpoursasan

    do you feel the groove?.. ...infinite void of infinite parallels, into your mind!

    12 Feb 12:27am Reply
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